SQLing my way around the "Authorization Exception" Domain Logon Error in vSphere 5.1

Here's the situation. A customer had some AD issues related to botched DCs that were incorrectly P2V'd for whatever reason. As a result the customer had to open a trouble ticket with Microsoft and forcibly remove the DCs from AD as DCPROMO was not working properly. All then seemed to be well, there were some residual DNS and DHCP quirks to be worked out but things were improving. When suddenly any attempt to log into vCenter resulted in an "Authorization Exception" error. This is vSphere 5.1, which of course means the dreaded Single Sign On. Here is…

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Frozen \ Hung Console - VMware vSphere 5.1 - Horizon View 5.2

Ran across an interesting issue this week and thought I would share the solution since I was not able to easily find anything via Google.Shout out to @thombrown for helping me figure this one out. Basically, what would happen was that on one specific pool, if a user was logged in via PCOIP to a view desktop, the console on in vSphere would appear frozen at a login screen or at the legal disclaimer. This was frustrating for the customer because the vSphere console was what they were using to shadow user sessions. The admin could move their mouse…

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vSphere 5.1 VMware Tools Upgrade on XenDesktop Streamed VM (PVS 6.1) - Part II

Background First off, sorry for the delay folks. I have been getting a ton of positive feedback on part 1 and to be honest I just have not had time to blog like I used to. I am doing my best to make sure that I am more diligent about it from here on out, but I need you guys to keep motivating me! Anyhow, here's where we left off. I had just successfully reverse-imaged my vDisk back to my utility vm and booted the utility vm to the VMDK with the vDisk attached as a second drive. The vDisk…

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vSphere 5.1 VMware Tools Upgrade on XenDesktop Streamed VM (PVS 6.1) - Part I

Intro Part of my job as Lab Manager is something that Sysadmins across the world have to deal with - routine maintenance. It's been a while since we rolled out vSphere 5.1 in the lab and we just upgraded our hosts to  so I figured it was about time to start patching VMware Tools on all of our guests. One of the tricker upgrades is the vDisk we use to boot our XenDesktop VMs via Citrix Provisioning Server. Here is a quick guide on how I did things after some trial and error, be aware there are other ways…

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PCIe Parallel Port Passthrough w/ VMware Workstation 9

My neighbor Dave works for  they are a small shop out of Sparta, TN and their infrastructure is very minimal since they don't really have a dedicated IT Pro. The other day they asked me where to find a hardware capable of running Windows 98. Needless to say I was a little surprised. After further inquiry it turns out they use a legacy app to control the ovens that they use to mold their kayaks. It only runs on Win98, and it requires a serial port to connect to the oven. I suggested compatibility mode but they swore that hey…

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vCloud Director Eval pt1

Recently, I've become interested in researching private cloud stack platforms. There are a a lot to choose from out there, and offer cross platform systems that I will probably jump into next since I have been working pretty heavily with XenServer and VDI-in-a-Box (which is awesome and super simple to set up if you haven't given it a go), but I decided to stick with what I am most familiar with for the time being and give VMWare vCloud Director a shot. Its been fun so far, and Ive only had to hose my home lab twice by means of…

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